Game Notes: Rangers vs. Atlanta Thrashers
The Rangers face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at Madison Square Garden in their final game before the NHL All-Star break. Tonight's game will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a very special on-ice ceremony, as Brian Leetch's No. 2 is officially raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden, joining only Ed Giacomin, Rod Gilbert, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter as the fifth Ranger to receive the team's highest honor. The Blueshirts are currently in fifth place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 23-21-6, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference with 52 points. New York enters the contest having defeated the Thrashers, 4-0, Tuesday at Madison Square Garden and have now earned at least one point in four of their last six games.
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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG, with complete coverage of the 6:30 p.m. ceremony for Brian Leetch. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs. Thrashers Pre-Game Notes:
* The Rangers are 16-11-0 at MSG this season; The Thrashers have posted an 11-13-1 record in 25 road contests.
* The Rangers are 7-4-2 against the Southeast Division this season; The Thrashers are 5-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
* The Blueshirts have notched three goals in 15 power play opportunities (20.0%) in three games vs. Atlanta this season.
* Including two games from the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blueshirts have won the last three meetings at MSG, outscoring the Thrashers 15-2 over the span.
* The Blueshirts held the Thrashers to 14 shots on Tuesday, the fewest total allowed since a 7-1 win on January 28, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh (14 shots allowed).
* With his shutout on Tuesday vs. Atlanta, Henrik Lundqvist became the first Ranger to record seven shutouts in a season since Eddie Giacomin accomplished the feat during the 1970-71 season.
* Jaromir Jagr leads the Rangers with five points (one goal and four assists) in three games vs. the Thrashers this season; Chris Drury and Scott Gomez have both tallied one goal and three assists for four points in three games vs. Atlanta this season.
* Jagr has collected 48 points (21 goals and 27 assists) in 34 career games vs. Atlanta; Scott Gomez has registered 30 points (10 goals and 20 assists) in 29 career games vs. the Thrashers; Chris Drury has recorded 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in 21 career contests vs. Atlanta.
* On days when a Ranger player has had his number retired, the Blueshirts have posted a 1-3-0 record (R. Gilbert on Oct. 14, 1979 - Rangers 3, Washington 5; E. Giacomin on Mar. 15, 1989 - Rangers 3, Winnipeg 6; M. Richter on Feb. 4, 2004 - Rangers 3, Minnesota 4; M. Messier on Jan. 12, 2006 - Rangers 5, Edmonton 4).
* Jagr enters tonight's contest having registered 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists) in the last 14 games.
* Fedor Tyutin tallied a career-high, three assists on Tuesday vs. the Thrashers; His three points were also career-high.
* Brendan Shanahan is one assist shy of Brad Park for 50th on the all-time assists list .
* The Rangers are 3-1-0 in their last four games at MSG.
* Rangers prospect Greg Moore has been selected to participate in the 2008 American Hockey League (AHL) All-Star Classic on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 in Binghamton, New York.
* The Rangers' roster lists no former Thrashers.
* The Thrashers' roster lists three former Rangers; Pascal Dupuis (2006-07), Bobby Holik (2002-03 to 2003-04) and Steve Rucchin (2005-06).
All-Time - Rangers vs. Thrashers
At MSG: 5-6-1-3
At Atlanta: 9-5-0-2
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Thrashers
Oct. 18 Rangers 3 vs. Thrashers 5 at Atlanta
Dec. 7 Rangers 2 vs. Thrashers 4 at Atlanta
Jan. 22 Rangers 4, Thrashers 0 at MSG
Jan. 24 Rangers vs. Thrashers at MSG
Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Jan. 24 Rangers vs. Atlanta, 8 p.m. (Leetch ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Jan. 29 Rangers at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 Rangers at Montreal, 2 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-2-1
Last 10 NYR games: 3-5-2
* The Rangers have lost 89 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack registered their first shutout of the season on Wednesday night, as they blanked the Albany River Rats (Carolina affiliate), 1-0, in Albany. That snapped an 0-1-2-0 streak for the Wolf Pack, which matched their longest winless skein of the season. The Wolf Pack now are 1-0-2-0 in their last three games and have at least a point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2-0) and 20 of their last 26 (15-6-2-3). The Wolf Pack head into the AHL All-Star break with a pair of home games, on Friday night (7:00) vs. Worcester (San Jose affiliate) and Saturday (7:00) against Providence.
Individual highlights of the Pack's game on Wednesday included:
Alex Bourret netted the game’s only goal in Wednesday's 1-0 win at Albany (Third Star), for his sixth GWG of the season (out of eight total goals-scored), tied for the league lead. He has points in three of his last four games (2-3-5), after being held to one goal in his previous 13 contests.
P.A. Parenteau assisted on Bourret’s goal in the 1-0 win at Albany, giving him 1-4-5 in the last three games. He recorded 1-2-3 and was plus-3 Sunday in Providence. He has 3-9-12 in his last 10 games and stands 10th in the AHL in points (16-27-43 in 42 GP).
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